LATELY IN LONDON

From art fairs and covered-tent tea parties to fangirling at the new Harry Potter exhibition, Hayley Bloomingdale had a very busy month...

Few things make me happier than the first sighting of a crisp red leaf on the ground—or a golden-yellow one. New Yorkers might have had a rather late Fall (it’s still in the 70s as I write), but (surprise, surprise) for us here in London our season was right on schedule. In fact, temperatures turned turtleneck worthy just as Fashion Month came to a close, and like a tidal wave retreating back into the ocean, the style set left Europe and the art set rode in: Frieze Week had arrived.

The “Fashion Week of the art world” (as it’s known…by me) is jam-packed with art fairs and gallery openings, drawing an uber A-list crowd that puts many a front row to shame. First up was celebrating the fabulous Cabana Magazine X Moda Operandi collection on this side of the pond. Having already thrown a gorgeous dinner in our New York townhouse, we needed something show-stopping to impress the Londoners. LSD sent me a text saying “Let’s do an indoor tent!” and so, naturally, we did. With the help of event planner extraordinaire Fiona Leahey, we transformed the #ModaMews into a dreamy Bohemian-gypsy den! Alice Temperley, Huishan Zhang, Isa Arfen and the Peter Pilotto boys sipped Moroccan mint tea while LSD and Cabana EIC Martina Mondadori chatted with former British Voguettes Alexandra Shulman and Serena Hood. In fact, we loved our Insta-worthy tent so much, we’ve decided to leave it up until Christmas. #FestiveFlair #TwoBirds.

The following night we took over Mayfair hotspot, Isabel, to host a Frieze fête with London’s hottest art advisory duo, Wentworth Beaumont and Hugo Nathan. Our artsy tablescapes (Keith Haring inspired tablecloths and personalized colored pens) had the likes of Giovanna Battaglia, Mario Testino, Mr. Valentino, Emilia Wickstead, Adam Lippes and Mary Katrantzou doodling during dinner before dancing downstairs until the wee hours. Fall florals and animal prints were the looks of the night; I wore a long sleeve floral Philosophy dress with velvet accents, while LSD stunned in a just-off-the-runway (duh!) Brock Collection black dress and Bat Gio donned Alessandra Rich’s zealous zebra print.

 

(Note: An art party is a good time to try out something a little bolder than your norm, like mixing prints or clashing colors. If you arrive and feel a bit uncomfortable with your new look, you can always say you were inspired by Basquiat - the art peeps will completely relate.)

The artsy vibes continued throughout the month with stellar exhibits popping up all over town: Jasper Johns at the Royal Academy, Basquiat at the Barbican and Cezanne at the National Portrait Gallery. And not forgetting Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library—a must for all Potter lovers like myself.

 

Stay tuned for more next month (including the best dressed at The British Fashion Awards). And with that…cheerio from London!

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